Gay rights advocates who reached out to the Hawaii Business Roundtable on civil unions had help from the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Jo-Ann Adams, the chair of the party’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered caucus, wrote letters to all of the Roundtable’s members. Dante Carpenter, the party chairman, also wrote to the Roundtable’s executive director.
During the party’s state convention in May, delegates added support for the civil-unions bill to the party’s platform.
Delegates also passed a resolution urging Gov. Linda Lingle to sign the bill into law. The resolution asked state lawmakers to override if the governor vetoes the bill.
A separate resolution supported marriage equality.
Republicans passed a resolution at their state convention urging Lingle to veto the civil-unions bill.